CSA Week 16; Wed Oct 1 (pickup 3-6) and Sat Oct 4 (9-12).
In the Farm Shop… New crops – sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cauliflower, red (and green) cabbage! Also, beets and carrots (with the greens), white/yellow potatoes, broccoli, leeks, peppers (sweet and hots), and radish. Winter squashes to choose from – along with the butternut, buttercup, spaghetti, acorn and carnival. Greens – back on the table – spinach! Also lettuce, arugula, kale (curly and toscano types) and swiss chard. Lots of mix and match for you to choose from. For the garlic and onions – we don’t have much remaining. We will hold off this week.
In the pick-your-own fields… flowers and herbs. Feel free to walk around the fields and take what you like/need for the week. We do have another green bean patch for a bit later in October.
Seafood (Sat pick up only) – Oysters! 2 dozen.
Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale – APPLES – from our farm friends in Franklinville, Nichols Orchard. This week he has Wine sap and Golden Delicious. He will be harvesting other varieties in the next week (Crispin and Rome). We love his apples, give them a try! For the cheeses – sold out for the season. Thanks for supporting Fulper Family Farmstead. Sausages – a few in the freezer, help yourself. We may get 1 more order in from Griggstown to finish the season. Local eggs – from now until they stop laying!
Renewals – farm update, pricing and your input!
It is that time again – here is a brief summary of 2014 and next season – happy to chat more in Farm Shop if you like! The family and crew – how do we do it?! By my side are the foundation of my business, husband Ryan and land owners Art and Carolyn Brown. From field work to tractor maintenance, business making decisions and morale boosting, they help keep me going. For our staff – Carey, Casey and Jay – we are a team; when one of us is down, the rest of us are feeling it! We all had our days, but we got through it. Harvesting, weeding, planting, setting up and breaking down fields, and whatever else the farm required – they worked hard to ensure our CSA customers were well fed. Thanks guys! What’s new for 2015? The Farm Shop will get a facelift – we are in need of a new roof and extra space to accommodate our growing CSA! As of now, our tables and fridges are set up in a way so that when it rains, we don’t lose things! With roof repairs, we will be able to open up more space for our customers. Along with an increase in membership (we hope!), we will extend our Farm Shop hours to better serve our customers; therefore creating better traffic flow in the Shop and the parking area. For our crops – we are very pleased with our season thus far, but always room for improvements. I‘d like to do more of the same and trial a few different varieties – golden beets, onions that will hold better in our fields and storage, an heirloom summer squash (costata romenesco!) and further expand our tomato offerings – let us know your thoughts. Maybe a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, more flowers, herbs, beans? Survey below (optional, but much appreciated).
- Cost of a Share, 2015 – based on market research of comparable CSA’s and our projected increased expenses as we continue to expand our business annually – the cost of our 2015 share will go up 75 cents/week over a 20 week season. Therefore the total cost of a share is $540/season (discounts for early birds, see below). We feel this is a fair and necessary increase based on the amount and quality of produce we distribute throughout the season – from the Farm Shop offerings to the pick-your-own fields (flowers, herbs, peas, beans and tomatoes). As the season winds down here, we rely on renewals and new memberships to help cover our end of year expenses – long term loan payments on equipment and other capital investments, paying staff for helping through the winter months on projects, supplies we purchase prior to next season, utilities and rent. We hope you join us again for another season – we are so thankful for your continued support and helping to keep the local farm landscape thriving in south Jersey.
- CSA Sign Up, 2015 – click here! No telling when we will sell out. We usually have a few slots remaining in the spring, but I cannot guarantee it. Too much food but love the farm? Consider splitting a share with a friend – we have several members who do this already and it seems to be a good fit for them.
- End of Season Survey (optional, but much appreciated) - click here: Please do take a moment to answer a brief end of season survey (10 questions, anonymous). It really does help me plan for next season. I do listen to your comments and make changes to the farm plan where I can. For last season, customers wanted to see heirlooms back on the table and they got um! I added a few new herbs too. I look forward to your constructive criticisms. Thanks again!
See you on the Farm.
Week 15 CSA; Wed Sept 24 (pick up 3-6), Sat Sept 27 (9-12).
In the Farm Shop… Plenty of fall food on the table – digging new carrot field – bunches really nice! Other roots for you – potatoes and beets. Also, green cabbage, broccoli, winter squashes (carnival, acorn, buttercup, spaghetti), onions, leeks, peppers (sweet reds and orange) and garlic. For your salads, add radish for a little kick. On the greens table – lots of lettuce, tender arugula. Also your choice of swiss chard or kale (toscano type). Spinach will return soon – 1st field recovering from army worm damage; the 2nd seeding we got ahead of the pest problem and it is coming in much better. October looks good for spinach. We say good bye to eggplant – thanks for the parmesans! And we have seen the last of the cucumbers and zucchini /yellow squash. Maybe you put up a few jars of pickles or froze zucchini bread for the winter – if not, there is always next year!
Beets? Either love um or leave um, right? Try my favorite way to eat a beet: boil 40 min. or until fork tender. Rub skins off under cool water. Slice thin and chill. These gems are so yummy when paired with greens! Plate up a bed of arugula or lettuce (we have both this week), top with sliced beets, goat cheese, glazed walnuts. Drizzle with a balsamic dressing, or whatever – and enjoy!
In the pick-your-own fields… Beans, purple and greens – actually on the table in farm shop – not heavy yields for some reason, but great flavor. Therefore staff will harvest so there is enough for all to grab a pint. Seems I will have to plant double for next season to ensure there is lots to pick. Flowers and herbs still out there, feel free to walk the fields – take a bunch, and whatever herbs you need for the week. Take a few extra herbs for drying/freezing too if you like.
Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale - cheeses - a few mozzarella, on sale $6 each. Ricotta too. Griggstown chicken sausages (white wine/lemon/parsley & granny smith apple), and local eggs. Ask us about extra produce too!
Sneak peek into October – a look at the crops – sweet potatoes, butternut squash, cauliflower, bok choy and more. Apples too (for additional purchase) from a local farmer friend, Nichols Orchards. He has the best varieties! CSA sign up for next season opens next week – tell your friends! Information will be available next week.
See you on the Farm.
CSA Week 14; pick ups Wed 9/17 (3-6), Sat 9/20 (9-12)
On the table in Farm Shop… New crops – cabbage (green), and beets (bunched with the greens)! And more greens – swiss chard back on the table for the fall, kale too. For this week’s salad we will offer a field mix – lettuce/spinach/arugula. Our spinach is recovering from insect damage and on the rebound (fall army worm pressure high this season); therefore we have combined it with what is more abundant at the moment to ensure all have a fair share of the greens. Others for the week include broccoli, winter squashes (acorn, carnival/delicata, buttercup and spaghetti), peppers (sweet reds and oranges), eggplant, leeks, potatoes, onions and garlic. A few cucumbers and zucchini/yellow squash still around, last week though. We are taking a week or 2 off carrots while we wait for the new field to come in. Looks real good!
What is up and coming you ask? We are getting closer to the finish line! Tomatoes are done – thank you tomato gods for the bounty! Eggplant fleeting in the fields, cucumbers and zucchini/yellow squash harvests are lighter with the cooler temperatures at night, no more melons… all normal activity on the farm for this time of year! We are shifting gears from the summer’s bounty to a more savory fall. We have lots to bring into the Farm Shop for the remaining weeks. Plenty of potatoes (whites and yellows), sweet potatoes, beets and carrots. Along with winter squashes through the end of the season – spaghetti, buttercup, acorn, carnival (round delicata type) AND butternut, cabbage (green and red) and cauliflower. Greens – spinach, arugula, lettuce, kale, swiss chard and bok choy. Back on the table for fall – those cute white turnips. I did not grow as many fall roots this year as in previous due to lack of interest. If you disagree and would like to see rutabaga and/or parsnips again for next season – let me know and I will be happy to grow them!
Pick-Your-Own Crops… Bean offering light but open for picking – likely 1 pint. They did get picked hard last week, some members had troubles finding some. Please do pick a fair share so that there is plenty for all – thanks! Same honor system applies in Farm Shop. We calculate the share weekly based on the available harvest – if you are taking a little more, we may run out of something that we did not plan for! A little snacking in the field is fine and expected, please be mindful of your amounts though – in the fields and the Shop. Sunflowers, pick 3; more flowers too, pick a nice bunch. Herbs, take what you need.
Seafood Share (Sat pick up only) - fresh TUNA!
Renewals/signups for next season are just around the corner! – we begin signups for next season Oct 1 (week 16 of the CSA). If you know of anyone interested in our CSA program, kindly pass along the word! Complete details and pricing to follow soon.
As things appear to wind down on the farm, we are busy behind the scenes planning for another successful season – ordering seeds and supplies, hiring staff, planning crops and scheduling greenhouse and field plans to ensure a diverse and a full seasons harvest for our members. We are managing finances, projecting issues (because it is always something – weather, pests and so on!) and drafting subsequent action plans if needed for a smooth as possible upcoming farm season. Once the season begins, we operate from the plans we lay out during the winter months. No excuses! We are excited to again expand our CSA for next season. We are not ones to take on more than we can handle and continue to grow our CSA at a conservative pace which has kept us in business and growing. We have requests to do deliveries, farm markets, winter shares and more – but we do not have the means to do so! We aim to keep our CSA model simple – 1 share size (accommodates 2-3 people/week), 1 season (20 consecutive weeks, mid-June through Oct) and on farm pick-up. Fill your own baskets from around the tables in our Farm Shop, mix and match options for you to create the share that fits your likes for the week, and pick your own crops in the fields! Our CSA customers are priority; we do not sell much off the farm. We have a few small local businesses we call on if we have a bumper crop of something or we donate the overage to Farmers Against Hunger. We look forward to growing healthy food in our community for you and your families in the New Year and for years to come!
Have a great week and see you on the Farm.
WEEK 13. Wed, Sept 10 (pickup 3-6), Sat Sept 13 (9-12).
On the Table in Farm Shop… For the greens – the beloved salad mix! Also spinach, arugula and kale (standard curly and Toscana). A farewell to the summer salad? Not quite yet. Along with a few tomatoes still holding on, how about a few radishes and cucumbers on your plate! We have broccoli, garlic, and zucchini/yellow squash too. A new winter squash on the table to choose from – acorn (also spaghetti, carnival and buttercup). Mix and Match for you to create the share you like for the week – leeks, onions, potatoes, carrots, eggplants (Italian round and classic) and peppers (sweet orange/reds).
Farm Shop note: for the mix and match – we do our best to make our signs clear about what your choices are, but it may not translate as well as we think. For example, on the mix and match recently, we have been counting 1 quart of something (i.e. carrots/potatoes) as 1 piece. Some confusion may be out there as 1 carrot counts as 1 piece – not so! It is 1 quart of carrots, not 1 carrot! If this has happened to you, we apologize for not being clear and hope you take a few extras next time.
In the Pick-Your-Own Fields… New crops – green beans AND purple/white striped beans – 1 row total (green closer to driveway, purple/white closer to Farm Shop). Sunflowers – mix of varieties coming in - choose 3. New zinnias (older patch has nice ones too). Other flowers and herbs in the usual location along the treeline. For the tomatoes – we have started to take down the trellis for the season – what a great season! You are welcome to walk around and pick whatever you see out there though.
Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale – Mozzarella Sale! As the tomato harvest gets lighter, so do mozzarella sales. Therefore, in an effort to clear our inventory, mozzarella will be on sale $6/ball. Fresh ricotta remains at $7. Fresh, local eggs from Cycle Farms too. Watermelons - we have a few leftover, but not enough for all. In that case, we will sell the extras at $2 each.
Storehouse Market Pickup (Sat pick up only) – if you placed an ordered with Susan for dried goods, you can pick up your orders Sat morning during Farm Shop. Questions? Please contact Susan at: email@example.com.
See you on the Farm!
Week 12 CSA; Wed 9/3 (pickup 3-6) and Sat 9/6 (9-12)
Back to School Week! I assume for most families routines are shifting and you are rearranging schedules to accommodate all the things that go along with this time of year. A midst the changing atmosphere, the farm has you covered with good eats to help keep you and your families fueled for all the activities that are to come!
In the Shop... A few new crops – for the greens – spinach! Also kale, and arugula (a week off lettuce for regrowth). Winter squash: new – buttercup (eat like a sweet potato, or great for baking muffins/pies), also carnival (round acorn/delicata type) and spaghetti squash – choose 1. Broccoli! It is a bit early for broccoli but that heat really pushed this crop along. Garlic! Oh my! Zucchini and yellow squash too. Tomatoes, definitely slicers, not sure about heirlooms, game time decision. Watermelon back in shop – take 1 red, extras for sale. On the Mix and Match table – leeks, onions, carrots, potatoes, eggplant and peppers (sweet orange and reds).
In the Fields… For the tomatoes – it is nearly time to say farewell to summer. Good tomatoes to pick if you like, but we did have more rain this week which has made conditions in this field go down. As you have experienced, an over ripe and fleeting tomato field can be messy! If you choose not to pick plums/cherries, take an extra slicer in Farm Shop. Herbs and flowers – basil open finally! It is small (and may not get much bigger with cooler temps at night), we are not picking heavily. If you would like to take a handful, help yourself, just out front of Farm Shop. Other herbs/flowers in the usual location. New sunflowers and zinnias just starting to open. The sunflowers may be open this Saturday – for the Wed members, you will surely have more to pick the following week.
Seafood Share (Sat pick up only) – LOBSTER!
Jersey Fresh for Sale… local eggs (provided by Cycle Farms and a few shareholders) cheese (ricotta, mozzarella – Fulper Farms), chicken sausages (Griggstown Farm). Have a friend/family member interested in the farm for next season? Bring them along, we have extra produce for sale - see shop for details.
PS – On Instagram? Check us out, bbfarms_csa. Share your farm photos, #seasaltcsa. Thanks for infusing the farm into your lives!
See you on the Farm.
Week 11 CSA; Wed 8/27 (pickup 3-6) and Sat 8/30 (9-12)
In the Shop… New crops. For the greens – kale (curly and toscano types), lettuce (loose mix) and arugula. Winter squash – carnival (round acorn/delicata type) and spaghetti squash – choose 1. Back on the table – zucchini and yellow squash – just coming on, small and tender, they are very nice (cucumbers are soon to follow). Leeks - use in place of onions (or with), potato/leek soup (we have the potatoes!) and so on. On the mix and match table – onions, carrots, potatoes, eggplant and peppers. Tomatoes are heavy (slicers, heirlooms) – and see below for pick your own. We will take a break on watermelon for a week or 2 (new field to be harvested next week).
Bring your own bags to recycle – we all have them (standard size from Wawa, Shop Rite, or the like), and we will have some too. Our bag supplier has moved and we are not able to get them as readily anymore. I might have them by Saturday, please bring your own as a backup though for your tomatoes (for pick your own plums) and greens – thanks.
In the Fields… Plum tomatoes – fill a bag! Every year I aim to have the plums be a pick your own crop but a combination of the varieties I selected and weather/disease issues have not produced a crop well enough to have an abundant pick your own experience. When I think of plums, I think of our customers picking bushel baskets full of saucing potential. I have been holding back on opening this field to heavy picking until just the right moment – when lots of tomatoes are ripe on the vine (it is not perfect though). Staff have gone through and picked as much rot as there was at the time and cleaned up the walkways for you. A ripe tomato field can be messy! If you choose not to pick plums, take a few extra slicers in Farm Shop. Sungolds still out there and lots of the pink cherry tomatoes. Herbs and flowers too.
Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale… local eggs (provided by Cycle Farms and a few shareholders) cheese (ricotta, mozzarella – Fulper Farms), chicken sausages (Griggstown Farm).
Storehouse Market on Saturday; a local business providing whole and nutritious foods – dried beans, fruits, grains and nuts. They will be on hand Saturday morning for a sample of what they offer, chat and take orders if you are interested. Wednesday pickup? No problem – give them a call or email. For details – click here.
See you on the Farm!
Week 10, Wed 8/20 (pickup 3-6) and Sat 8/23 (9-12).
Half way mark, 10 more to go! Hope you are enjoying your CSA experience with us – let us know your thoughts, if you have suggestions, we are all ears. A few folks have mentioned that either the melons have been great or that it rotted quickly. Please let us know! The good and not so good about our CSA so we can keep doing what we are doing or make adjustments. We aim to meet your expectations. Here is what we have for you this week:
On the Table… spaghetti squash, tomatoes (nice red slicers and a few heirlooms), watermelons (red or yellow) and onions. Mix and Match options for eggplant (round and classic Italian types), peppers (sweet reds, orange and green bells), carrots and potatoes. For the carrots and potatoes, choose 1 quart if you like – they will be included with the eggplant and pepper mix and match items this week. For example, 1 quart will equal 1 piece. Mix and Match options for the greens – arugula (peppery) and Swiss chard (small and tender) – take one or both.
In the Fields… tomatoes – plums, orange sungolds and dark pink cherry types. Due to the last rain event, 6 inches, lots of tomatoes on the ground and some rot. Don’t worry too much though, they are hanging in there and we have cleaned up this field. We picked up and tied up what we could so you can get in there for the good stuff. Herbs – basil is small, but getting there, not open yet. Rather, go for thyme and oregano. Also rosemary, sage and lemon balm. Parsley is no more, washed out in the rain along with the new dill and cilantro. It may be too late to re seed these crops. Flowers - doing well for this time of year – more to come soon.
Seafood (Sat pick up only) – clams!
Extra Jersey Fresh for Sale – Peaches – local, Pastore Orchards, Hammonton, NJ. Cheeses – fresh mozzarella and ricotta, Fulper Family Farmstead, Lambertville, NJ.
Other farm news – for the crops, lettuce and spinach looking good, soon on the table. New zucchini and yellow squash to harvest in a week or 2. Beans (green and purple) coming along. Tomato crop best ever! We are having a great tomato year, heirlooms so so, but that is how they go. Winter squash has been pulled, a bit early though due to the wet fields, we feared rot though if we did not collect them. We have them in our greenhouse to cure and sweeten. Along with the spaghetti, we have lots of butternut, buttercup, acorn and carnival (round delicata type). We will give them out in the order that they cure and store.
Regarding our farm crew – back to school! First one off is Casey. I am so appreciative for all of his hard work and dedication on the farm this season. He planted, weeded, harvested, trellised, sorted, bunched, topped and whatever else the farm required daily - and with a good attitude! He brought positive energy - just the dose we needed on the crew this summer. I thank him for his service to the farm and community – all the best to you and may the farm be with you!
From all of us - thanks for supporting our farm and we look forward to seeing you.
CSA Week 9: Wed 8/13 (3-6) and Sat 8/16 (9-12)
On the table in Farm Shop… New crops - Watermelons! (On the trailer outside shop). Red AND Yellow – choose 1. Extras for sale. Yellows are smaller with dark green stripes, very sweet! Arugula – add a handful of this peppery green to your tomato sandwich. We have the tomatoes! Also onions, potatoes, carrots and beets. Colored bell peppers, nice orange and yellow. Lots of sweet red Italians – great for stuffing. Jalapenos (and other hot peppers we grow) - we handle these like herbs - take um or leave um. Off the table for a few weeks are cucumbers and zucchini. We have more planted and they look real good. Sneak peak for next week – Spaghetti squash! The first of the winter squashes to appear – big harvest next week.
Peaches for sale – LOCAL, Pastore Orchards, Hammonton, NJ.
In the Pick-Your-Own fields… Rain, rain, rain everywhere – about 6 inches last night! Too much. The fields are wet; standing water will remain for a while. Therefore if you are picking tomatoes, walk along the driveway, not the pond. If you choose not to pick cherry/plum tomatoes in the field, you may take extra slicers in the Farm Shop to complete your tomato share for the week. Flowers – again, pick along the driveway to mid field. Also, we have harvested sunflowers for everyone – 2 stems in Farm Shop. Herbs out there - take what you need/like for the week.
See you on the farm! Bring your muck boots!
CSA Week 8: Wed 8/6, 3-6 or Sat 8/9, 9-12
On the Table in Farm Shop – Tomatoes! We are bringing in a nice harvest. Also plenty in the pick your own fields (orange sungolds, pink sweet treats and plums). We have a few heirlooms too, but as heirlooms go, they are inconsistent. We will keep on them though and harvest whatever colors, shapes and flavor they give us! New crop this week – sweet onions! Lots of eggplant and peppers – extend the harvest and stock up the freezer for the winter now, see tip below. Last week for cantaloupe, then watermelons. Your choice of roots – potatoes, carrots, beets. Still a few cucumbers and zucchini too.
Stocking up? It may be a little old fashioned, but it is the best way to eat! I am taking a few extra eggplant for the freezer – dip in egg, bread crumbs and place on baking sheet, single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and bake @ 425, turn once until golden and crispy. Allow to cool and place in freezer bags, single layer. Perfect for eggplant parm later on! I did 6 bags last week – try one and see how it goes. For peppers – easy! Just chop/slice and freeze. That is it! Make a few stir fry bags.
In the Pick-Your-Own Fields – Tomatoes – orange sungolds, pink sweet treats and plums. Plum tomatoes just coming in, you can pick now or wait for more to ripen for ease of harvest. Flowers – lots of zinnias. Plenty of pink gomphrena (great fresh or dried) and purple ageratum. No sunflowers this week, but we have more seeded. Snapdragons are out there but not as plentiful. We cut them back and fertilized for a comeback soon. Herbs – parsley, thyme and oregano – all great for tomatoes, also rosemary, sage and lemon balm. New basil small, maybe 2 weeks. No green beans this week either, but we have more seeded.
Extras for sale – bring a friend to the farm! Show off your pick your own fields – they are welcome to pick and purchase extras in our Farm Shop.
Seafood share (Sat only) – shark steaks. It is handled just as nicely as our tuna and swordfish. Click here for details and recipes. Enjoy!
As always – thanks for being a part of the season; we look forward to seeing our members on the farm.
On the Table in Farm Shop: New this week – tomatoes – nice red beefsteaks and plums, maybe an heirloom, in addition to the amazing pick-your-own sungolds and sweet treats! Cantaloupe – around for about 2 weeks, then we bring in the watermelons. Enjoy! Peppers – roast them, stuff them, eat raw – new variety just coming in – sweet red Italians (also cubanelles, green bells, jalapenos). We’ve got lots of eggplant (classic and round heirloom). Mix and Match potatoes, beets, carrots, scallions, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash.
In the Pick-Your-Own Fields: Tomatoes (orange and pinks). Look low on the plants. Green beans, just across the bridge. Flowers and Herbs – take what you like/need for the week. We have more seeded for a 2nd harvest in a few weeks. CAUTION! The walking bridge over to the green beans is old and needs repair. We did not plan to have pick your own crops in this field but the schedule changed due to weather. In the meantime, please do not linger on it or lean on railings – Thanks.
Field Notes: The pick-your-own tomato crop is one of our best yet! Due to the weight of the plants, our trellis has fallen over in a few spots, which is to be expected, but not to this extent! The crew has reinforced it, not an easy task – thanks guys! The crew works hard daily and I am grateful for all they do on this farm – lots of harvesting now. They just cleared the onion field and we are very pleased with the quality of this crop. We will allow the onions to field cure which helps with storage holding ability. We will begin distribution next week. After the much needed rain a few days ago, our new greens have responded nicely. Everything is up, good germination. Blueberries open this week, nearing the end though, get um soon!
From all of us on the Farm, thanks for your support, see you soon.